Breanne Taylor


M.A.: Heritage Resource Management M.A. Candidate

B.A.: Portland State University, 2010, Anthropology

Others Credentials: Fort Vancouver Field School, 2008        

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine D’Andrea

Research Areas: Historical archaeology, historic boom towns, saloon/red light archaeology, and the politics of gender and class in western towns.



I grew up in Washington State and have lived in Portland, Oregon for the last twelve years. I graduated from Portland State University in 2010 with a B.A. in Anthropology. I attended field school at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington. I completed a data recovery-driven internship in Montana before working temporarily for the Bureau of Land Management out of Klamath Falls, Oregon. For the years that followed I lived the shovel bum life, working for CRM agencies out of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. In 2014 I began working as a Staff Archaeologist for Willamette Cultural Resources in Portland.

M.A. Research:

My thesis work will include subsurface investigation at the historic Fairfax Town Site (45-PI-918) which will supplement pedestrian survey conducted at the site in 2009. My proposed research will fill a void that currently exists in the literature related to boom-and-bust coal mining towns in Washington’s Cascade Range. My goal is to achieve a greater understanding of the influences of social hierarchy, gender, and class in a company town context and to record the extent of looting activities at the site. 

Other Activities:

At Willamette CRA, my responsibilities include but are not limited to; all aspects of fieldwork, writing the European Development sections of our reports, conducting analysis of all historic-period artifacts, map and archival research, and producing technical illustrations of artifacts. In my personal life I like to hike, backpack, paint, and go thrift shopping.


  • 2017 (Solimano, Paul, Breanne Taylor, Todd Ogle, Matt Goodwin, and Donald Shannon)
    Archaeological Assessment, Survey, and Evaluation in the Minam Vicinity, Minam, Oregon. Prepared for State of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Salem. WillametteCRA Report No. 17-44.
  • 2017 (Taylor, Breanne, Michael Daniels, and Todd Ogle)
    Archaeological Survey of Champoeg State Heritage Area, Marion County, Oregon. Prepared for State of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Salem. WillametteCRA Report No. 17-20.
  • 2017 (Taylor, Breanne, Kanani Paraso, and David V. Ellis)
    Reconnaissance Survey for Pahlisch Homes’s Rosedale Parks Planned Unit Development Project Washington County, Oregon. Prepared for Pahlisch Homes, Inc., Bend, Oregon and AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC, Tualatin, Oregon. WillametteCRA Report No. 17-31.
  • 2017 (Solimano, Paul S., Todd Ogle, Breanne Taylor, Daniel Gilmour, Donald Shannon, Kanani Paraso, Michael Daniels, and David V. Ellis)
    The Trestle Site (45WT2) Collection Analysis, Lower Monumental Reservoir, Whitman County, Washington. Prepared for Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington. WillametteCRA Report No. 15-27
  • 2017 (Gilmour, Daniel, Breanne Taylor, Todd Ogle, David V. Ellis)
    Archaeological Test Excavations at Multi-component Site 35CL411 for the Jennings Lodge Estates Project, Clackamas County, Oregon. Prepared for Lennar Northwest, Inc. Vancouver, Washington. WillametteCRA Report No. 16-72.
  • 2016 (Ogle, Todd and Breanne Taylor)
    Cultural Resources Survey for the Derry Dell Creek at 118th Court Project, City of Tigard, Oregon. Submitted to Wolf Water Resources, Inc. Portland, Oregon. WillametteCRA Report No. 16-78
  • 2016 (Solimano, Paul and Breanne Taylor)
    Cultural Resources Survey for La Grande Switchyard Access Road, Pierce County, Washington. Prepared for Tacoma Power, Washington. WillametteCRA Report No. 16-56
  • 2016 (Solimano, Paul and Breanne Taylor)
    Cultural Resources Survey Report for the Proposed East Fork Lewis River Side Channel Restoration Project, Clark County, Washington. Prepared for Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Portland. WillametteCRA Report No. 16-55.
  • 2016 (Goodwin, Matt, Breanne Taylor, and Paul Solimano )
    Archaeological Inventory for the Lost Creek Fuels Reduction Project, Jackson County, Oregon. Prepared for The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, Oregon. WillametteCRA Report No. 16-52.
  • 2016 (Taylor, Breanne)
    Archaeological Monitoring for the PGE Marquam Substation Project, Multnomah County, Oregon. Submitted to Portland General Electric. WillametteCRA Report No. 16-40.

Conference Presentations:  

2016 (Goodwin, M., B. Taylor and P. Solimano) Interpreting Data at The Bruce’s Eddy Site (10CW1): Solving the Problems of Missing Data from a Decades Old Excavation [Poster Presentation].Sixty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Northwest Anthropological Conference Tacoma, Washington.

2015 (Taylor, B. and J. Moss) Field Staples: A Look at the Subsistence Patterns of Archaeological Workers [Poster Presentation]. Sixty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Northwest Anthropological Conference Eugene, Oregon.



Testing in Lake County, Oregon (2013). 

Pedestrian survey in Jackson County, Oregon (2016). 

Testing in Grant County, Washington (2012).